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Oct 30, 2009 01:21 PM

Lost in Woodbury

I'll be at a funeral in Woodbury, NY Sunday afternoon. I'm wondering where to go for dinner (just two of us) after. I'm not familiar with the area, so either on or near 8000 Jericho Turnpike would be good. Looking for inexpensive -- any genre -- mexican, italian, american...ethnic is good. Not getting lost is a priority.

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  1. Hey Hungry....check out Butera's. It's right across the street (pretty much) from where you're going. Generous salmon filet. They're Italian by trade, and some of the dishes are good. My wife loves the rigatoni bolognese there. The portions are enormous, but not cheezy enormous. They're good AND enormous. I can't vouch for everything on the menu, since there's a lot of chicken on it and I never order chicken at a restaurant (well, I guess I shouldn't say never) but I've never had a bad meal there. I usually have the salmon because they do it with a nice bit of a crust on it and don't dry it out. The pasta dishes are huge.

    65 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787

    1. If you want deli, there's a Ben's Kosher Deli on Jericho Tpke in Woodbury. Or check out restaurant guides for Huntington, it's got a lot, at various price points. For inexpensive Mexican, there's Oaxaca.
      House of India is modest prices, good, not great Indian food. Faz's Tex Mex is decent and very inexpensive. Canterbury Ales is good for burgers, or Munday's for old timey comfort food and a retro 50s decor.

      Canterbury Ales
      314 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

      House of India
      256 Main St, Huntington, NY 11743

      1. I like both Butera's and Ben's. I also like Major's which is a little bit east of where you will be, less than a mile, on the north side of Jericho Tpk. Good steaks and burgers at reasonable prices.


        65 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787

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        1. re: Fred19

          Oh, by the way, Ben's is almost tolerable. It's not 2nd Ave. Deli and it's most CERTAINLY not Katz's, but then Woodbury is not the Lower East Side of Manhattan, so if you're near the north shore and don't feel like a trip, you'll have to swallow hard and settle for Ben's. It's the best of the worst. If you're a chopped liver aficionado don't bother, however. Ben's makes probably the worst chopped liver I've ever ingested. In fact, so bad I almost didn't ingest it. Couldn't get past the 1st bite with any confidence at all, but I did take a 2nd just to make sure I didn't get it wrong. Really lousy. Look, I'm a big believer in immigration. Hell, most of us are children or at least grandchildren of immigrants. it's what America is all about. You know...Emma Lazarus's poem quoted on the Statue of Liberty--`Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to be free...' I'm all for our Mexican brethren working anywhere they wish, including all the best restaurants in Manhattan, but amigos....there's an art to chopped liver and I'm afraid you hombres didn't get that one right. So, I sentence you to visit Katz's on Houston St. and ask for a quick primer tutorial before you even attempt to make chopped liver for Ben's again. I mean, WOW, is it bad. Oh, the other thing that's bad at Ben's is the Russian dressing. I think they use it to wring the mop out in. That is just not Russian dressing. You know....come to think of it, Ben's sucks. Maybe I've just had too much good Jewish deli in my time, but Ben's really pales in comparison to almost anything decent. I guess I was being kind earlier in this paragraph. If you're having a Jones for hot pastrami, well, you gotta go. I mean, I do on occasion, but really, it's a poor excuse for a Jewish deli. The pickles are good LOL. Now, Gaby's bagels is right there on Jericho Tpke. Kind of expensive for what it is, but hey, what isn't these days? The burger at On Parade diner (the other side of Jericho Tpke) is lousy, but in most other respects it's a decent diner.

        2. Good thing I re-read your post before I gave you 2 other ideas, seeing as you said in-expensive. There is also a pizza place with inexpensive italian food in the shoping center across the street, where the Gaby's bages is in the front. You are also right next door to On Parade Diner, if you prefer something like that.

          On Parade Diner
          7980 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury, NY 11797

          1. Wild Fig just opened up in the shopping center right after the entrance to the 135 going west (Turkish, has a few other locations ) Very popular and not expensive. Good review in Newsday Less than 5 min away


            631 JERICHO TURNPIKE
            SYOSSET, NY 11791

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            1. re: MrPhil

              Yeah...I forgot Wild Fig opened a location there. Listen...they won't knock your socks off, but neither will you go broke. It's half-decent Turkish, and Turkish is usually better than straight Greek (IMHO), since Greek restaurants usually don't serve lamb and only pork. I love pork, but I also love Kefta and Doner and all that Gyro stuff when lamb is mixed in with the beef and not straight beef or beef with pork. The lamb gives a stronger fragrance and adds moisture usually as well. Also, I find that chicken kabob is infinitely better in a Turkish place than it is in a Greek place. You won't find pork in a Turkish place most of the time since Turks are largely Muslim and not Greek Orthodox and therefore don't eat pork. By the same token, the Greek places usually don't serve much in the way of lamb dishes other than, say, lamb chops. If you're ever in the Roslyn area, on Mineola Ave., just north of the L.I. Expwy, the best Turkish place around can be found there--"Chicken Kabob."

              Wild Fig
              829 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530

              1. re: Clambelly

                Greek restaurants, IME, usually serve lamb souvlaki, lamb chops and braised lamb shanks. Some have gyro made from beef and lamb. Dunno where you've been eating.
                But will try Wild Fig one day, though Gyro Time's been getting my mediterranean bucks lately.

                Wild Fig
                829 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530

                1. re: mcf

                  Well, I didn't mean to intimate that you don't see lamb at all in Greek places, but I find that even good Greek places tend to be pork heavy and lamb light. But then, there's that really exotic ubiquitous dish that seems to be served alongside just about everything in a Greek restaurant--rice with peas. I mean, how interesting!! White rice, with some peas rolled in. Woo hoo. I always laugh when we go to a Greek restaurant and they plop down that rice and peas. I mean, hey, I eat it...don't get me wrong. I just think it's kind of funny, and I'm not sure why. One thing I'll say, though, Greek/Turkish food, well ALL Mediterranean food for that matter, is probably the healthiest and freshest restaurant food going.